We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.
We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.
We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.
We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.
Dr. Briony Horgan of EAPS will highlight efforts by Purdue and NASA in the search for signs of microbial life on Mars at next week's Science on Tap.
First-year EAPS graduate student Alexandra Meyer has been awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her outstanding academic achievements.
A Purdue team, led by Dr. Minton, will design a spacecraft for NASA to investigate the moons of Mars.
As children, we learned about our solar system’s planets by certain characteristics — Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it’s possible that one of our closest neighbors also had rings at one point and may have them again someday.
Although burning natural gas is much cleaner than coal or oil, methane (which is mostly what natural gas consists of) has the potential to be even more damaging over the short term than coal or oil if it isn't handled properly, says Dr. Paul Shepson.